On July 21, 2020, Tata Communications, a digital ecosystem enabler, announced that it has secured a “Type B” telecom license in Saudi Arabia (KSA). The license allows Tata to act as an internet service provider and to offer related telecom services to enterprises in a defined capacity.
Vaneet Mehta, Associate Vice-President and Region Head, Middle East, Central Asia & Africa at Tata Communications, said, “By securing this telecom license in KSA, we will be able to seamlessly bring carrier-neutral services like internet connectivity, public and private cloud, cybersecurity, borderless mobility, and more such services to the region. This will help simplify the digital experience for our customers and aid them in transforming their businesses in the new normal,” according to the Economic Times.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, enterprises have been adapting their business models in favor of digital-first solutions. Tata has been working with international enterprises to secure digital experience through secured workplace solutions, according to the company’s press release.
In line with Saudi 2030 vision, the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CICT) has taken several initiatives to facilitate the investor’s journey in the ICT sector in the Kingdom.
Over 30% of the world internet route travel over Tata’s Communications network. The new license enables Tata to expand its reach in the Middle East and help simplify the digital experience for its customers.
Tata’s achievement in Saudi Arabia will enable it to shift from offering services as a foreign carrier in the Middle East to a local licensed service provider. Network transformation services and address internet network security, private cloud, and SDWAN requirements across the region are set to be provided by Tata Communications.
In 2020, the Indian Communications company won awards for excellence in service provision. The company received eight wins in the “Company of the year” category at Frost & Sullivan’s 2020 India ICT Awards.